le marianne, paris ... boutique hotel style

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, February 01, 2015
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Just off the Champs Elysees and Avenue Montaigne, Le Marianne Hotel is more like a very chic pied-à-terre.

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This graceful Haussmann period building sets the scene.

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Bedrooms with stylish dipped dyed curtains and smart colour palette of mustard yellows and charcoal.

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Furniture with elegant lines and the latest in lighting design.

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Like any stylish boutique hotel, it is all in the detail.

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And just so Parisian.


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beach houses .. currumbin .. my edit 2014/15

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, January 18, 2015

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I love the simplicity of this architectural style .. timeless. Pandanus perfect !!

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Always love a skillion roof .. not to mention the frangipani.

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Set high on the hill .. the ocean view from this original cottage is breathtaking. The perfect location if you don't have beach frontage.

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This had always been my all time favourite beach house, however sadly the original windows with lattice shutters have been replaced with french doors .. for obvious reasons.  Still fabulous however not quite as charming. It does have an exotic coastal garden and beach frontage !!




christmas in paris ..

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, December 22, 2014
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Christmas in Paris .. understated elegance but somehow underwhelming after London. Then again, Paris is beautiful without the decorations.





London Christmas .. a glimpse .. No 4

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Tiffany .. Old Bond Street, London



Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No 3

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 19, 2014
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Our Christmas Wreath .. SW3 London




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Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No 2

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Christmas Windows ... Cartier New Bond Street, London





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Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No1

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, December 15, 2014
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Christmas in London  ..  the shop windows !!






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Liberty of London ... Christmas windows 2014

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 12, 2014

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I am spending far too much time reminiscing about this time last year in London ... the Christmas windows, the shopping, the Christmas lights and catching up with friends !!  I couldn't help but take a peek at Liberty's windows this year.

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Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty excel with their window display and they simply must be seen to be believed.  In Paris it is without doubt Hermes who win the prize. 

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They sparkle like jewels and are surrounded by crowds of admirers and adoring children, all rugged up against the winter chill.

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All this is made that much more atmospheric with the shorter days ... the evening closing in by around 3.30pm.  This is the cue to head to somewhere smart like Claridges or Browns for High Tea or .. simply champagne. 

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This is without doubt my favourite time of year to be in London ... they do Christmas like nowhere else and I can't wait to give you a glimpse of London this time last year.  

Christmas 2014 is the beach for us ... and I can't wait but am reminiscing !!



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hotel lancaster paris, still my favourite ... for the moment

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, November 27, 2014
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My favourite hotel in Paris has always been the very stylish Hotel Lancaster. Interestingly, at the moment, two of the most iconic and glamorous hotels in Paris, The Ritz and Hotel de Crillon, are closed for renovation. 

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The Hotel Lancaster is all about pared back elegance ..

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a sophisticated, muted colour palette ..

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its artwork, chandeliers and Louis XV and XVI furniture ..

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and of course .. has something for everyone.


Beautiful hotels in Paris, particularly at this time of the year, are for slipping into for a hot chocolate and luxuriating.  If you are checking in .. all the better.  I can't wait for the grand openings of The Ritz and Hotel de Crillon. 




london's boutique hotel style

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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San Domenico House,
in my very favourite part of London, was a great find recently.
Both the architecture and orange brick are synonymous with certain areas of London and I have always loved both. This boutique hotel is tucked in behind Kings Road and Sloane Street and only a short walk to Sloane Square.

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There is probably no further criteria for me on my hunt for accommodation in London, apart from of course, the style and ambiance of the interior.  I have discovered that I can really only relate to classic cosy English town or country house style.  Not contemporary minimalist which is prevalent and extremely uninviting !!

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Even Kit Kemp with her Firmdale Hotels of which there are many in London, does classic English style with a modern edge, to perfection. If I am in London I like to feel that I am living there, not staying in a hotel .. if you know what I mean !!

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The first of the boutique hotels in London to make one feel as if you were actually staying with friends was Blake's and it remains an icon.

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